Why have so many over-50s left the workforce since the onset of the pandemic? In a bid to find answers the Guardian newspaper put a call out to readers. Many said the pandemic had played a part in their decisions either to quit permanently or temporarily. And many cited disillusionment with management or the nature of their work, blaming increased stress and feeling undervalued. Some corroborated the view of John Lewis boss Dame Sharon White who, recognising that those parting were mostly in their 50w, saw the so called “great resignation” as “the life reappraisal”. They had condluded that living more meaningfully – or simply – was more important than a well paid job.

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